Freddie King

Born September 3, 1934, when Freddie King was only six, his mother Ella Mae and his uncle began teaching him guitar. In autumn 1949 King and his family moved from Dallas to the South Side of Chicago.  In 1952 King started working in a steel mill, the same year he married fellow Texas native Jessie Burnett, with whom he eventually had six children.  Freddie King based his guitar style on Texas and Chicago influences and was one of the first bluesmen to have a multi-racial backing band onstage with him at live performances. Freddie King is best known for singles such as “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” (1960) and his Top 40 hit “Hide Away” (1961). He is also known for albums such as the early, instrumental-packed Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King (1961) and the later album Burglar (1974), which displayed King’s mature versatility as both player and singer in a range of blues and funk styles.  He passed away December 28, 1976.

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